Processes and Software Building 45: Modifying RBC Components

Components may be modified either in the Blood Donor Center or in the hospital blood bank.  In either case, they use the PRODUCTION section of Medinfo to perform these operations.

These operations may include:

  • Irradiation
  • Tight-packing (removal of the supernatant, especially for intrauterine or neonatal transfusions)
  • Washing
  • Aliquoting (division of the primary RBC bag and possibly further division of one of the secondary bags)
  • Final labelling of the modified component

The weight of the component is converted to the volume by the software.

The end-user can specify which modified components were available.  As with any ISBT-labelled products, any changes will trigger a new ISBT E code and label.